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Aurora Suite 2005 Professional Edition

Aurora Systems, Inc.
$549
http://www.aurora-systems.com/

Suite Includes the following Aurora software products.

Aurora Prediction: word prediction, phrase prediction, abbreviation expansion, grammar assist, punctuation assist, and spelling assistance.

Aurora Talk: converstation speech output

Aurora Echo: Text to Speech software

Synthesized Speech

Co:Writer

Don Johnston Incorporated
$325
http://www.
donjohnston.com/

Co:Writer 4000 adds word prediction, grammar and vocabulary support capabilities to any word processor or email program.
From the first letter a user types, Co:Writer 4000 generates possibilities for the word the student is thinking. Industry-leading technology generates these predictions by combining knowledge of spelling (phonetic and dictionary), grammar rules, context clues, student history and letter cues. With this writing and typing support, students overcome mechanical barriers which then allows them to focus on conveying ideas
Students write better
• Emerging phonetic spellers get the word they want.
• Developing writers create good first sentences that are grammatically correct.
• Struggling students find the right word with fewer cues.
• All students build vocabulary.
More writing support:
• Speaks predicted words and completed sentences
• Allows adjustments to the number of words predicted
• Allows changes to background and text colors
• Capitalizes first word in sentences
• Places spaces after words in sentences
• Saves individual student's preferences for later use
• Works with Draft:Builder
• Works with Write:OutLoud

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Kurzweill 3000

Kurzweil Educational
Systems

Professional Color $1,495
Professional B/W $1,095
LearnStation $395
http://www.
kurzweiledu.com/

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows is a learning solution for individuals of all ages with learning difficulties like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other literacy difficulties. Kurzweil 3000 not only reads questions and answers aloud, it allows students to type answers directly onto the image of a scanned test, thereby offering more independence for both the student and teacher.

The Kurzweil 3000 for Windows product line consists of three different products:

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows Color Professional provides for the creation and delivery of electronic documents. Documents can be scanned in color or black and white or opened from another application and saved into Kurzweil 3000 proprietary format. Kurzweil 3000 users who only have one copy of the product typically find it best to have a Kurzweil 3000 Professional which allows them to create and prepare documents as well as use the powerful reading, writing and learning tools.Some of the features unique to the Kurzweil 3000 Professional version include:One-button scanning
Optical character recognition (OCR)
Edit Underlying Text
Zone Editing
Kurzweil Virtual Printer

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows Black and White Professional provides the same features as the Color Professional product, but documents can be scanned in black and white only. Documents scanned in color using the Color Professional product can be displayed in color in the Black and White Professional and LearnStation products.

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows LearnStation allows users to open previously scanned documents as well as other electronic documents. Kurzweil 3000 LearnStation provides the same powerful reading, writing and learning tools as the Kurzweil 3000 Professional product.

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Test Talker

Freedom Scientific
TEACHER EDITION
1 to 9 Copies $399
STUDENT EDITION
5-pack $249
http://www.
freedomscientific.com/

TestTalker is used for both test preparation and standardized tests. Freedom Scientific's Learning Systems Group is in a partnership with Don Johnston's Start-to-Finish® Books and LSG's TestTalker. Users of the popular Start-to-Finish Books will be able to download quizzes in TestTalker format, free of charge. TestTalker is a software solution to help individuals be more successful with test taking, worksheet completion, and with study materials. It can also help people complete forms electronically. TestTalker provides a computerized version of a test, worksheet, or other form that can talk. TestTalker uses the same bimodal approach-simultaneously highlighting words as they are spoken aloud-that is used in WYNN, the Learning Systems Group's other product. TestTalker maintains the integrity of the written test by not modifying the test. TestTalker is an accommodation tool that provides a bimodal presentation of the unmodified written information. TestTalker has two modules: the Teacher Edition, a test-creating module designed for teachers; and the Student Edition, a test-taking module. The Teacher Edition scans pre-printed tests and allows teachers to configure them so students can complete the tests electronically. The Student Edition reads the test aloud and allows students to answer the questions. Teachers and students can print the blank or completed tests if they wish. TestTalker supports True/False, Multiple Choice, Fill-in, and Extended Answer tests. The product includes a PDF (Adobe® Portable Document Format) converter so teachers can simply open a PDF file in TestTalker without needing to scan.

 

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Talking Word Processor© V7.0

Premier Assistive Technology

$99.95
http://www.premier-
programming.com/

Talking Word Processor© V7.0
Includes Talking Word Prediction and A Talking Spell CheckerTalking Word Processor© is an easy-to-use word processing program designed to help people who have difficulty with reading and writing. s.Virtually any standard word processor file is compatible with Talking Word Processor©, including the latest versions of Microsoft Word, standard text, and rich text formats. With the press of a single key, you can hear text as you type it. The “word repeat” feature repeats the word after it’s been typed. This lets you know immediately if you misspell a word."Word Pause" is a new technology unique to Talking Word Processor©. This feature allows you to slow down the reading of your words without distorting the way the words are spoken. You can increase or decrease the time between each word.

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WYNN
(What You Need Now)

Freedom Scientific

WYNN Wizard $995
WYNN Reader $425
http://www.
freedomscientific.com/

WYNN is the innovative literacy software tool designed to enhance success for individuals with reading challenges and writing difficulties. WYNN was developed with the help of special educators and individuals with learning difficulties. By using a bi-modal approach — simultaneous highlighting of the text as it is spoken — WYNN transforms printed text into understandable information that benefits readers of all ages.

Two versions available
WYNN is available in two versions: WYNN Wizard and WYNN Reader. Both versions read text aloud while highlighting spoken words, include the four color-coded toolbars, and provide reading, writing, studying, productivity, and Internet features.

WYNN Wizard, our premier product, includes optical character recognition (OCR), the ability to scan printed pages and convert them into electronic text. Speech synthesis enables this scanned text to be read aloud. Additionally, WYNN Wizard can read word processing documents, PDF files, text files, and the Internet.

WYNN Reader includes all features of WYNN Wizard except OCR, or scanning. Additionally, files that have been previously scanned and saved using WYNN Wizard can be read with WYNN Reader.

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Yak-Yak

http://www.yak-yak.com/

Yak-Yak is a computer program for language training, and language assistance. Yak-Yak has been extensively tested, by a wide range of users, in real-life situations.
The user workspace is a simple, calm environment dedicated to writing. It is easily adapted to individual needs, and each user may choose a preferred language for his personal workspace. Everything can be spoken by synthetic voices, including text the user is preparing. Given instruction, users do not need to know computers beforehand.

 

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